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How I got unstuckWriting Journey

Like I was saying the other day about accountability, I didn’t do so well yesterday. I got stuck. 

I have a vague outline of what the novel is about (mostly I follow Jessica Brody‘s Save the Cat Writes a Novel). So, I shouldn’t be stuck, right? Wrong! I have the signposts, but I don’t have all the ways from A to B yet. That’s where I got stuck. I know that I want B to happen, but I am not sure if X is the best way to get there, or Y or Z. Or, I draw a blank.

Finally, I gave up. In the back of my mind, I remembered reading something about “you don’t need to write the scenes sequentially.” So, I thought “why not?”

I skipped the stuck portion and went ahead to the next scene. And then, I suddenly figured out which way to take from A to B.

I know, this is not exactly some scientific method for people to get over a hump or a writer’s block. But then, maybe it is. If you forget about it, then maybe your subconscious will help you out. At least, it works for me. Hopefully, it’ll continue to work. Better yet, I won’t get stuck again. Fat chance!!


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